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The State of the Rockies Project is in its fifteenth year, and seeks to increase public understanding of vital issues affecting the Rocky Mountain West. All State of the Rockies events are free and open to the public, who are encouraged to join the ongoing discussion of the issues that affect our beautiful yet fragile region.

2017 State of the Rockies Report

2017 Cover lowresWe are excited to release the 2017 State of the Rockies Report titled "Inclusive River Governance for a Changing West." This year's report consists of five sections produced by our Student Fellows, whose chosen topics range from impasses facing salmon recovery under the ESA to the impacts of climate change on freshwater storage and changing management paradigms for water infrastructure. Download the entire report below, or browse individual sections here.

Download the 2017 State of the Rockies Report





Spring 2017 Plains to Peak Bulletin

The most recent edition of the Plains to Peak Bulletin covers one Student Fellow's investigation into salmon recovery under the Endangered Species Act and another Fellow's analyses of dam construction and removal across the West. The bulletin also features an aerial photo-essay of the National Park Service's Centennial Year and a reflection from a Rockies Project alumna on the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument.


Download the Spring 2017 Plains to Peak Bulletin as a PDF here.


The 2017 Conservation in the West Poll

Seventh annual survey of voters in seven Western states

For the seventh year in a row, the State of the Rockies Project, in conjunction with Lori Weigel, Public Opinion Strategies and Dave Metz, Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, has conducted and released the Conservation in the West Poll.

The survey, conducted in seven western states, explores bi-partisan opinions in each state and for the Rocky Mountain West concerning conservation, environment, energy, the role of government, trade-offs with economies, and citizen priorities.

Please visit our Conservation in the West Poll website for information regarding the 2017 survey results.


The 2016-17 State of the Rockies Project:
Inclusive River Governance for a Changing West

A Comparative Study of the Colorado and Columbia River Systems

For the upcoming 2016-17 Rockies Project cycle we will be expanding our traditional geographic focus beyond the Intermountain West to the Columbia River Basin and the Northwest U.S. Additionally, we will be returning our gaze to the Southwest and the Colorado River--familiar territory for the State of the Rockies Project. Recognizing the important role water plays in both of these regions, we plan to address the governance of two of the West's great rivers. We will begin this new investigative focus during the summer of 2016 and continue with activities on the Colorado College campus throughout the next academic year.

View the 2016-17 State of the Rockies Project Prospectus here.



2016 State of the Rockies Report

The Scales of Western Water

We have released sections of our 2015-2016 State of the Rockies Report over the course of April and May to highlight the impressive work of each of our student State of the Rockies Fellows. From the ethics of agricultural water use to the cultural value of water in the Southwest, the sections of the 2016 State of the Rockies Report focus on different "Scales of Western Water."